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4000 IELTS Academic Word List (13)



pace: Read
n. Syn. step
single movement from one foot to the other in walking; slow gait; step

pack: Read
n.
pact or bundle made up and prepared to be carried; a number of similar things; a full set of playing cards

packaging: Read
n.
putting something into boxes

pad: Read
n.
soft or small cushion; a kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting

painting: Read
n. Syn. drawing
drawing; picture or design in paint; action of applying paint to a surface

pair: Read
n. Syn. couple
two people or things considered as a unit; two items of the same kind; couple

pale: Read
a.
not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; not bright or brilliant

palm: Read
n.
inner surface of the hand between bases of fingers and wrist; tropical evergreen trees of the family Palmae

pamphlet: Read
n.
brochure; leaflet; a small book usually having a paper cover

pan: Read
v. Syn. criticize
criticize harshly; wash in pan; cook in pan

pane: Read
n.
framed section of window or door that is filled with a sheet of glass or others; panel in a wall or door

panel: Read
n. Syn. board
a group of people gathered for a special purpose; small board or pad

panic: Read
n. Syn. alarm; fear
sudden mass fear and anxiety

panorama: Read
v.
complete view in every direction.

panoramic: Read
a.
related to unobstructed and comprehensive view; with a wide view

pant: Read
v.
breathe quickly or in a labored manner; respire with heaving of the breast; sigh

pantry: Read
n.
apartment or closet in which bread and other provisions are kept

pants: Read
n. Syn. trousers; underwear
trousers; underwear; garment extending from waist to knee or ankle

par: Read
n.
amount or level considered to be average; standard; equality of status, level, or value

parachute: Read
n.
rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall

parade: Read
n. Syn. march; procession
march in a procession; ceremonial procession; visible display

paradise: Read
n.
garden of Eden; any place of complete delight and peace

paragraph: Read
n.
distinct division of written or printed matter that begins on a new, usually indented line

parallel: Read
n. Syn. similarity; analogy
make or place something to another's side; of or relating to multiple operations at same time; not intersecting

paralyse: Read
v. Syn. paralyze
make unable to move or act; impair the progress or functioning of

parameter: Read
n.
characteristic or feature that distinguishes something from others

parasite: Read
n.
animal or plant living on another

parliament: Read
n.
discussion; formal conference on public affairs; general council, especially an assembly of representatives of a nation

partial: Read
a. Syn. incomplete; fragmentary; sectional
incomplete; fragmentary; favoring one person or side over another or others

participant: Read
n.
people who take part in

participate: Read
v.
take part in something; share in something

particle: Read
n. Syn. speck; grain
a tiny piece of anything

partition: Read
v. Syn. divide
divide into parts, pieces, or sections

partner: Read
n.
person who is a member of a partnership; associate who works with others toward a common goal

passion: Read
n. Syn. ardor; fervor
strong feeling or emotion ; fervor

passionate: Read
a. Syn. ardent; zealous; enthusiastic
zealous; enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal

passive: Read
a. Syn. compliant; inactive
lacking in energy or will; peacefully resistant in response to injustice

passport: Read
n.
legal document identifying the bearer as citizen of a country and allowing to travel abroad

pastime: Read
n.
something which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement

pasture: Read
n. Syn. field; meadow
field covered with grass; meadow

patch: Read
n. Syn. expanse; piece
a piece of cloth; small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

patent: Read
a. Syn. obvious; apparent
open for the public to read; obvious; plain

path: Read
n. Syn. orbit; roadway
way; footway; course or track; route; passage

pathetic: Read
a. Syn. touching; pathetic; pitiful
causing sadness, compassion, or pity

patriot: Read
n.
one who loves and defends his or her country

patriotic: Read
a.
inspired by love for one's country

patriotism: Read
n.
love of country; devotion to welfare of one's country; virtues and actions of patriot

patrol: Read
n. Syn. guard; watch
activity of going on an area at regular intervals for security purposes

patron: Read
n. Syn. benefactor
benefactor; regular customer

patronage: Read
n. Syn. sponsorship; support
sponsorship; support; state of being a sponsor

pave: Read
v. Syn. coat; cover
coat; cover

pavement: Read
n.
floor or covering of solid material, laid so as to make hard and convenient surface for travel

pawn: Read
n.
something given as security for loan; pledge or guaranty; article deposited as security

peach: Read
n.
small tree in Prunus persica widely cultivated at temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit

peak: Read
n.
summit; apex; maximum; prime

pebble: Read
n.
small smooth rounded rock

peck: Read
v. Syn. pick
pick; hit lightly with a picking motion; eat like a bird

peculiar: Read
a. Syn. special; characteristic
special; characteristic; unusual; odd; bizarre

peculiarity: Read
n. Syn. eccentricity; oddness
eccentricity; oddness; an odd or unusual characteristic; private ownership; proprietorship

pedal: Read
n.
foot-operated lever used for actuating or controlling a mechanism

pedestrian: Read
a. Syn. dull
lacking wit or imagination; ordinary

peel: Read
v.
come off in flakes or thin small pieces; strip the skin off; get undressed

peer: Read
v. Syn. gaze; stare
gaze; stare; look searchingly; company with

penalty: Read
n. Syn. punishment; fine
punishment established by law or authority for a crime or offense; fine

pending: Read
a. Syn. impending; imminent
not yet decided or settled; awaiting conclusion or confirmation

penetrate: Read
v. Syn. pierce; permeate
pierce; go through; permeate

penetration: Read
n.
act or process of penetrating, piercing, or entering

pension: Read
n. Syn. payment; tribute
something paid or given; payment to a person in consideration of past services

perceive: Read
v. Syn. sense; detect
become aware of through the senses; detect

percent: Read
n.
out of each hundred; per hundred; one part in a hundred

perception: Read
n. Syn. understanding; feeling; sense
understanding; feeling; effect or product of perceiving

perch: Read
n.
a place high up; an elevated place serving as a seat

perfect: Read
a. Syn. flawless; ideal
completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error

perfection: Read
n. Syn. flawlessness; excellence
flawlessness; excellence; state of being without flaw or defect

perform: Read
v. Syn. handle; execute
carry through; bring to completion; achieve; accomplish; execute

performance: Read
n. Syn. execution; show; presentataion
act of performing; dramatic or musical entertainment; process or manner

performer: Read
n. Syn. entertainer; actor
entertainer; who performs or takes part in a play or performance of any kind

perfume: Read
n. Syn. scent; aroma; fragrance
pleasing, agreeable scent or odor

peril: Read
n. Syn. danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy
danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction

perimeter: Read
n. Syn. edge; periphery
outer boundary length; closed curve bounding a plane area

period: Read
n.
duration, continuance, term; end of something

periodic: Read
a. Syn. repeated; recurrent
repeated; recurring at intervals of time

periodical: Read
n.
publication that appears at fixed intervals

peripheral: Read
a. Syn. marginal; outer
located in outer boundary; unimportant; auxiliary

perish: Read
v.
be destroyed; pass away; become nothing

permanent: Read
a. Syn. everlasting; perpetual
remaining without essential change

permission: Read
n. Syn. consent; approbation
consent; approval to do something

permissive: Read
a. Syn. approving; tolerant
approving; tolerant; granting; not strict in discipline

permit: Read
v. Syn. allow
consent to; give permission

perpendicular: Read
a. Syn. vertical; upright
vertical; upright; intersecting at or forming right angles; extremely steep

perpetual: Read
a. Syn. continual
everlasting; continuing without interruption

perplex: Read
v.
baffle; confuse

persecute: Read
v.
pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; beset with cruelty or malignity; harass; annoy

persecution: Read
n.
act of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor

perseverance: Read
n. Syn. endurance; persistence
endurance; steady persistence in adhering to a course of action

persevere: Read
v.
endure; be persistent, refuse to stop

persist: Read
v. Syn. continue; insist; persevere
continue; insist; persevere

persistence: Read
n. Syn. endurance; tenacity
endurance; tenacity; state or quality of being persistent; persistency

personal: Read
a.
particular to a given individual; concerning or affecting a particular person

personality: Read
n. Syn. character
complex of all the attributes of a person; totality of qualities and traits of a person

personnel: Read
n. Syn. staff; employees
group of people willing to obey orders

perspective: Read
n. Syn. viewpoint; view
appearance of things; view, outlook, or vista

persuade: Read
v. Syn. convince
advise; counsel; urge the acceptance or practice of; convince

pertain: Read
v.
belong; have connection with, or dependence on

pertinent: Read
a. Syn. relevant
having precise or logical relevance; pertaining or relating

perturb: Read
v.
disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious; throw into great confusion

peruse: Read
v.
read or examine, typically with great care

pest: Read
n. Syn. nuisance
persistently annoying person; organism that injures livestock or crops

pet: Read
n.
animal kept for amusement or companionship

petition: Read
n. Syn. plea; request
plea; formal message requesting something

petroleum: Read
n.
dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

petty: Read
a. Syn. trivial; unimportant
trivial; of small importance; very small

phase: Read
n. Syn. stage; moment
any distinct time period in a sequence of events; stage

phenomenon: Read
n.
appearance; anything visible, in matter or spirit; extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence

philosophy: Read
n.
body of highest truth; investigation of nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning

phonetics: Read
n.
branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

photograph: Read
n.
picture or likeness obtained by photography

phrase: Read
n.
brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression

physical: Read
a.
relating to the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

physician: Read
n.
person skilled in physic, or the art of healing; one duty authorized to treat diseases; doctor of medicine

piano: Read
n.
stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys

pick: Read
v. Syn. choose; select
remove something with the fingers, or with the teeth; separate as choice or desirable

picnic: Read
v.
eat in the open air; have informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion

picturesque: Read
a. Syn. scenic; beautiful
scenic; striking or interesting in an unusual way

pier: Read
n.
landing place; platform built out from shore into water and supported by piles; provides access to ships

pigment: Read
n. Syn. coloring; dye
substance used as coloring; dry coloring matter

pile: Read
n.
large timber or post; heap; hair; fiber of wool, cotton; head of an arrow or spear

pilgrim: Read
n.
traveler; one who travels far, or in strange lands, to visit some holy place or shrine as a devotee

pill: Read
n.
a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet; something that is unpleasant or offensive

pillar: Read
n.
column; post

pillow: Read
n.
a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person

pilot: Read
n.
one who guides a course of action for others; one who operates or is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

pin: Read
n.
a piece of wood, metal, generally cylindrical, used for fastening separate articles together

pinch: Read
v. Syn. clutch; squeeze
clutch; squeeze between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges

pine: Read
v. Syn. yearn
have desire for something or someone; yearn; grieve or mourn for

pineapple: Read
n.
large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves

pioneer: Read
n.
originator; explorer

pioneering: Read
a. Syn. initial; original
initial; groundbreaking; originating; serving to pioneer

pious: Read
a. Syn. devout; religious
devout; religious; exhibiting strict, traditional sense of virtue and morality

pirate: Read
n.
robber on seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on seas

pistol: Read
n.
the smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand

piston: Read
n.
sliding piece which either is moved by, or moves against; mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion

pit: Read
v.
confront; set into opposition or rivalry

pitch: Read
n.
action or manner of throwing something

pitcher: Read
n.
container for liquids, having a handle and a lip or spout for pouring; player who throws the ball from the mound to the batter

plague: Read
n.
epidemic disease with a high death rate; annoyance

plain: Read
n. Syn. plateau; prairie
without elevations or depressions; flat; smooth; not rich; simple; without beauty; not handsome

plane: Read
n.
flat or level surface; level of development, existence, or achievement

planet: Read
n.
celestial bodies that revolve around the sun

plantation: Read
n. Syn. farm
farm; an area under cultivation; a group of cultivated trees or plants

plaster: Read
n.
cover conspicuously, as by pasting something on; adhesive tape used in dressing wounds; a hardened surface as on a wall or ceiling

plastic: Read
a.
capable of being molded; capable of being shaped or formed; easily influenced

plate: Read
n. Syn. covering; plane
flat piece of metal; thick sheet of metal; small, usually circular, vessel of metal or wood for food table

plateau: Read
n. Syn. highland; upland
highland; upland; relatively flat highland

platform: Read
n. Syn. stage
stage; a raised horizontal surface

playwright: Read
n.
someone who writes plays

plea: Read
n.
request for help; excuse or pretext

plead: Read
v.
appeal or request earnestly; enter a plea; offer as an excuse

pleasure: Read
n.
agreeable sensations or emotions; excitement, relish, or happiness produced by the expectation or the enjoyment of something good, delightful, or satisfying

pledge: Read
n. Syn. oath; guarantee
promise solemnly and formally; binding commitment to do something

plight: Read
n. Syn. predicament
condition or state, especially a bad state or condition

plot: Read
n.
small extent of ground; secret scheme or strategy

plough: Read
v.
break and turn over earth especially with a plow; move with force

pluck: Read
v.
pull or draw, especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something

plug: Read
n.
something, such as a cork or a wad of cloth, used to fill a hole tightly; stopper

plumb: Read
a. Syn. vertical
checking perpendicularity; exactly vertical

plumber: Read
n.
craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances

plume: Read
n.
feather, especially soft, downy, long, or handsome feather; an ornamental tuft of feathers; token of honor or achievement

plump: Read
a. Syn. chubby; fat
sound of a sudden heavy fall; well-rounded and full in form

plunder: Read
v.
take goods of by force, or without right; spoil; sack; strip; rob

plunge: Read
v. Syn. dive; submerge
dive; submerge; become suddenly lower; decrease dramatically; throw oneself into a substance or place

plus: Read
a.
involving advantage or good; on the positive side or higher end of a scale

ply: Read
v.
bend; lay on closely, or in folds; work upon steadily, or with repeated acts; press upon

pneumonia: Read
n.
inflammation of the lungs

poke: Read
v.
push at, as with a finger or an arm; search or look curiously; proceed in slow or lazy manner; thrust forward

polar: Read
a.
pertaining to one of the poles of the earth; of the poles

pole: Read
n.
a long rod; one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions

policy: Read
n.
settled method of government to administer; system of public or official administration

polish: Read
v. Syn. shine; burnish
remove flaws from; perfect or complete

politics: Read
n.
profession devoted to governing and political affairs; study of government of states and other political units

poll: Read
n. Syn. voting; survey
voting; survey; number of votes cast or recorded

pollute: Read
v. Syn. contaminate; defile; profane
make impure; make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter

pollution: Read
n. Syn. contamination
contamination; undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated

ponder: Read
v.
weigh; weigh in the mind; view with deliberation; examine carefully; consider attentively

pony: Read
n.
small horse; small glass of beer; word for word translation of a foreign language text

popcorn: Read
n.
small kernels of corn exploded by heat

popular: Read
a. Syn. favorite
of common people; suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain

popularity: Read
n.
quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after

porcelain: Read
n.
ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic

porch: Read
n.
covered and enclosed entrance to building; covered passage

pore: Read
v. Syn. scrutinize; ponder
gaze intently; stare; scrutinize; read or study carefully and attentively

port: Read
n. Syn. dock; pier
place on waterway with facilities for loading and unloading ships

portable: Read
a. Syn. mobile
mobile; easily or conveniently transported

portion: Read
n. Syn. part; section; segment
section or quantity within a larger thing; a part of a whole

portrait: Read
n. Syn. portraiture; picture
portraiture; picture; likeness of a person, especially one showing the face

portray: Read
v. Syn. depict; describe; draw
depict; describe; draw

pose: Read
v.
pretend to be someone you are not; assume a posture as for artistic purposes

positive: Read
a.
involving advantage or good ; greater than zero; very sure; confident

possess: Read
v. Syn. have; own
occupy in person; hold or actually have in one's own keeping; have and hold; have the legal title to

possession: Read
n. Syn. ownership; belongings; estate
act of having and controlling property; belongings

post: Read
v. Syn. publicize; advertise
display announcement in a place of public view; publish on a list

postage: Read
n.
token that postal fee has been paid; charge for mailing something

postal: Read
a.
of or relating to the system for delivering mail

postcard: Read
n.
card for sending messages by post without an envelope

posterity: Read
n. Syn. descendants; offspring
descendants collectively; the race that proceeds from a progenitor; future generations

postpone: Read
v. Syn. delay; defer
hold back to a later time; delay; defer

postulate: Read
n.
essential premise; underlying assumption

pot: Read
n. Syn. kettle; bottle
metallic or earthen vessel for boiling meat or vegetables, for holding liquids, or for plant

potent: Read
a. Syn. powerful
powerful; having power to influence or convince; having great control or authority

potential: Read
a. Syn. possible; latent
existing in possibility; expected to become or be

potentiality: Read
n.
inherent capacity for coming into being; an aptitude that may be developed

poultry: Read
n.
domestic fowls reared for eating, or for their eggs or feathers, such as cocks and hens, capons, turkeys, ducks, and geese

pound: Read
n.
unit of weight equal to 16 ounces

pour: Read
v.
flow in a spurt; rain heavily; supply in large amounts

poverty: Read
n. Syn. indigence; destitution
lack of money; state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts

practicable: Read
a. Syn. feasible
feasible; capable of being effected, done, or put into practice

practical: Read
a. Syn. pragmatic; useful
based on experience; useful

practically: Read
ad. Syn. virtually; actually; almost
virtually; actually; for all practical purpose

prairie: Read
n.
treeless grassy plain; extensive area of flat or rolling

preach: Read
v. Syn. advocate; sermonize
advocate; speak, plead; argue in favor of

precaution: Read
n. Syn. prevention
prevention; measure taken beforehand; act of foresight

precede: Read
v. Syn. antecede
come before; antecede

precedence: Read
n.
fact, state, or right of preceding; priority; previous occurrence, or existence before; preceding act or speech

precedent: Read
n. Syn. example; pattern
act or instance that may be used as example in subsequent similar cases

preceding: Read
a. Syn. ahead
ahead; prior to

precious: Read
a. Syn. valued; valuable
of high worth or cost

precise: Read
a. Syn. exact; accurate
exact; clearly expressed; accurate or correct

precision: Read
n. Syn. exactness; accuracy
exactness; accuracy; number of significant digits to which a value has been reliably measured

predecessor: Read
n. Syn. forerunner; ancestor
former occupant of post; ancestor or forefather

predict: Read
v. Syn. forecast; foretell
state, tell about, or make known in advance, especially on the basis of special knowledge

prediction: Read
n. Syn. prophecy; foretelling
something foretold or predicted; prophecy

predominant: Read
a. Syn. principal; dominant; overpowering
most frequent or common; having superior power and influence

preface: Read
n.
something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay

preferable: Read
a. Syn. favored; better; preferred
favored; better; more desirable or worthy than another; preferred

preference: Read
n. Syn. inclination; attachment; favorite
a strong liking; favorite

pregnancy: Read
n.
condition of being pregnant; fruitfulness; fertility

pregnant: Read
a.
expecting a baby; carrying within the body or being about to produce new life

prejudice: Read
n.
opinion formed without due examination; leaning toward one side of a question

preliminary: Read
a. Syn. initial; introductory; preparatory
prior to or preparing for the main matter; introductory

prelude: Read
n. Syn. introduction; forerunner
introduction; forerunner; preliminary or preface

premature: Read
a.
too soon; too early; occurring before a state of readiness

premium: Read
n.
having or reflecting superior quality or value

prescribe: Read
v. Syn. dictate; guide
dictate; guide; advise the use of; assert a right; claim

prescribed: Read
a. Syn. set; certain; stated
set down as a rule or guide; certain; stated

prescription: Read
n. Syn. instruction; order
written instructions from doctor; written order; act of establishing official rules, laws, or directions

presence: Read
n.
state of being present; current existence

present: Read
n.
being in existence; something presented as a gift; period of time that is happening now

presentation: Read
n.
show or display; act of presenting something to sight or view

preservation: Read
n. Syn. conservation; protection
conservation; protection

preserve: Read
v. Syn. uphold; retain; maintain
uphold; retain; maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm

preside: Read
v.
be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director; direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer

press: Read
n.
machines or devices that apply pressure or print; collecting and publishing of news; journalism in general

pressure: Read
n. Syn. stress; tension
stress; tension; condition of being pressed

prestige: Read
n. Syn. fame; reputation
impression produced by achievements or reputation; recognized distinction or importance

presumably: Read
ad. Syn. assumedly; supposedly
assumedly; supposedly

presume: Read
v. Syn. suppose
take for granted as true in absence of proof; venture without authority

pretense: Read
n.
act of giving a false appearance; imaginative intellectual play

pretentious: Read
a.
intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious

prevail: Read
v. Syn. induce; ; triumph
induce; be greater in strength or influence; triumph; win out

prevailing: Read
a. Syn. widespread; predominant
most frequent; widespread; predominant

prevalent: Read
a. Syn. widespread
widespread; widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted

previous: Read
a.
existing or occurring before something else

prey: Read
n. Syn. victim
target of a hunt; animal hunted or caught for food

prick: Read
v.
penetrate or puncture by a sharp and slender thing

primary: Read
a. Syn. principal; prime; fundamental
of first rank or importance or value; essential or basic

prime: Read
a. Syn. primary; principal; chief
first in excellence, quality, or value; at the best stage; peak; first in degree or rank; chief

primitive: Read
a. Syn. rudimentary; primeval
belonging to an early stage; simple or naive in style; primeval

principal: Read
a. Syn. chief; main
highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree

principle: Read
n.
basic truth or law or assumption; rule or law of nature; rule of personal conduct

prior: Read
a. Syn. former; antecedent; anterior; previous
preceding in the order of time; former; previous

priority: Read
n. Syn. preference; precedence
preceding in time, importance, or urgency

privacy: Read
n. Syn. seclusion
quality of being secluded from view of others; condition of being hidden

privilege: Read
n.
special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all; right reserved exclusively

probe: Read
v. Syn. detect; investigate; search
explore with tools; investigate; search

problematic: Read
a. Syn. doubtful; perplexing
open to doubt; unsettled; questionable; difficult to solve

procedure: Read
n. Syn. progress; process
act or manner of moving forward; act performed; steps taken in an action

proceed: Read
n. Syn. continue; advance
follow a certain course; move ahead; travel onward

proceeding: Read
n.
a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked

proceeds: Read
n. Syn. revenue
profit, money made from selling something; income arising from land or other property

process: Read
n. Syn. progress; advance; procedure
act of proceeding; continued forward movement; a series of actions

procession: Read
n.
act of proceeding, moving on, advancing, or issuing; regular, orderly, or ceremonious progress; continuous course

proclaim: Read
v. Syn. declare; announce
declare; announce

procure: Read
v.
bring into possession; cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; cause to come

produce: Read
v.
bring forward; lead forth; offer to view or notice; exhibit; cause to be or to happen

productive: Read
a.
having quality or power of producing; yielding or furnishing results; causing to exist

productivity: Read
n.
quality or state of being productive; productiveness.

profession: Read
n. Syn. vocation; occupation
occupation requiring special education

professional: Read
a.
engaged in, or suitable for a profession

proficiency: Read
n. Syn. skill; expertise
skillfulness in command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity; expertise

proficient: Read
a. Syn. skilled; expert
skilled; expert; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

profile: Read
n.
outline; biographical sketch

profit: Read
n. Syn. benefit
advantageous gain or return; income received from investments or property

profound: Read
a. Syn. deep; complete
deep; not superficial; far-reaching

progress: Read
n. Syn. advance; development; headway; proceed
moving or going forward; proceeding onward; advance

progressive: Read
a. Syn. advancing; incremental
forward-looking; advancing; incremental

prohibit: Read
v. Syn. ban; taboo; forbid
ban; taboo; forbid

prohibitive: Read
a.
tending to discourage; prohibiting; forbidding

project: Read
n. Syn. program; plan; scheme
any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; program; plan; scheme

projection: Read
n.
plan for anticipated course of action; thing that extends outward beyond a prevailing line or surface

projector: Read
n.
optical device for projecting a beam of light

proletarian: Read
n.
member of working class; blue collar person

prolong: Read
v. Syn. lengthen
make longer; draw out; lengthen

prominence: Read
n. Syn. notability
relative importance; property of being prominent; a standing out from the surface of something

prominent: Read
a. Syn. conspicuous; notable
conspicuous; immediately noticeable; sticking out; widely known

promise: Read
n. Syn. expectation
declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; indication of something favorable to come

promising: Read
a. Syn. prospective; hopeful
likely to develop in a desirable manner; affording hope

promote: Read
v. Syn. publicize; advance
help to flourish; advance in rank; publicize

prompt: Read
v. Syn. cause; remind; ; inspire
move to act; incite; give rise to; assist with a reminder

prone: Read
a.
inclined; lying face downward; having a tendency

proof: Read
n. Syn. evidence; demonstration
evidence; demonstration; statement or argument used in such a validation

propaganda: Read
n.
organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles

propagate: Read
v. Syn. multiply; spread
cause something to multiply or breed; cause to extend to broader area or larger number

propel: Read
v.
drive forward; cause to move forward or onward; push

propeller: Read
n.
machine for propelling an aircraft or boat; one who propels

proper: Read
a. Syn. right; appropriate
belonging to one; one's own; individual; belonging to natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular

property: Read
n. Syn. asset; estate; charactersitics; attribute
any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

prophet: Read
n. Syn. predictor
one who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed

proportion: Read
n. Syn. amounts; percentage
percentage; quotient obtained when a part is divided by the whole; part considered in relation to the whole

proposal: Read
n.
something proposed; act of making a proposal; an offer of marriage

propose: Read
v. Syn. advance; suggest
make a proposal, declare a plan for something

proposition: Read
n. Syn. proposal; task
plan suggested for acceptance; a matter to be dealt with; subject for discussion or analysis

proprietor: Read
n. Syn. owner
one who has legal title to something; owner

proprietorship: Read
n.
an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits

prose: Read
n. Syn. essay
essay; ordinary speech or writing; commonplace expression or quality

prosecute: Read
v. Syn. sue
seek to obtain or enforce by legal action; carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

prosecutor: Read
n.
one who carries out legal action, especially criminal proceedings; one who prosecutes any purpose, plan, or business

prospect: Read
n. Syn. possibility; hope; outlook
possibility of future success; belief about future

prosperity: Read
n. Syn. wealth; fortune
good fortune; financial success; physical well-being

prosperous: Read
a. Syn. successful; thriving
successful; thriving; having or characterized by financial success or good fortune

protein: Read
n.
any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells

protest: Read
n. Syn. outcry; objection
expression of disagreement and disapproval; complain against

protocol: Read
n.
code of correct conduct ; rules governing socially acceptable behavior; record of transaction

prototype: Read
n. Syn. model; archetype
original work used as a model; original type

provincial: Read
a.
relating to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated

provision: Read
n. Syn. supply
stipulated condition; act of supplying or fitting out; something provided

provisional: Read
a. Syn. tentative; temporary
temporary; provided for present need only

provocation: Read
n. Syn. incitement; aggravation
unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment; aggravation

provoke: Read
v. Syn. irritate; cause; evoke
stir to anger; give rise to; stir to action or feeling

prudence: Read
n.
quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; good judgment

prudent: Read
a. Syn. cautious; careful
cautious; careful in regard to one's own interests

psychology: Read
n.
science that deals with mental processes and behavior

publication: Read
n.
act or process of publishing printed matter; communication of information to public

publicity: Read
n.
state of being public; information to attract public notice

publish: Read
v.
make public; make known to mankind, or to people in general

pull: Read
v. Syn. draw
steer or move into a certain direction; take away; remove from a fixed position; extract

pulse: Read
n. Syn. beat; rhythm
beat; rhythm; rate at which heart beats;

pump: Read
v.
draw fluid or gas by pressure or suction; supply in great quantities

pumpkin: Read
n.
usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family

punch: Read
v. Syn. blow; knock
blow; drive forcibly; pierce; hit with a sharp blow of the fist

punctual: Read
a.
consisting in a point; limited to a point; unexpended; precise

pupil: Read
n.
a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

puppy: Read
n.
young dog; pup; doll; puppet

purchase: Read
n.
act or an instance of buying; something bought

purify: Read
v. Syn. refine
refine; make pure or free from sin or guilt; become clean

purity: Read
n.
condition of being pure; freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; cleanness

purple: Read
n.
chromatic color between red and blue; belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

purse: Read
v.
gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; contract one's lips into a rounded shape

pursue: Read
v.
follow in; go in search of or hunt for

pursuit: Read
n.
follow after; follow with a view to obtain; endeavor to attain

puzzle: Read
n. Syn. mystery; enigma; perplex; riddle
difficult question or problem

pyramid: Read
n.
a massive memorial with a square base and four triangular sides; built as royal tombs in ancient Egypt